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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • USDA will look into beluga death at SeaWorld

     USDA will look into beluga death at SeaWorld
    A federal agency will look into the death of a beluga whale at SeaWorld Orlando last week to see if the park violated any parts of the Animal Welfare Act. United States Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa said in an email the agency...
  • Industry lawsuit against meat origin labels dismissed

    WASHINGTON A meat industry lawsuit that claimed federal labeling rules violated the constitutional right to free speech has been dismissed. The industry sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 over new rules that required product packages to list...
  • Low grain prices, higher expenses expected to drive farmers' income down 32 percent this year

    Net income for U.S. farmers is expected to fall by nearly 32 percent this year because of low crop prices and increasing expenses, placing many farmers in an unprofitable situation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released estimates on Tuesday that...
  • Feds promise $30M to fight citrus greening

    Feds promise $30M to fight citrus greening
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to spend $30 million fighting citrus greening, the disease that has decimated Florida's most famous fruit crop. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday in Orlando that the funding will be split between long-...
  • 'Slow Flowers' movement pushes local, U.S.-grown cut flowers

    — Come February, the owners of Farmstead Flowers begin nurturing seedlings and preparing three acres for their cash crop reaped from April through October — cut flowers. Megan Hird and her husband founded their rural southeast Nebraska...
  • USDA plans to spend $30 million on fighting citrus disease

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to spend $30 million fighting citrus greening, the disease that has decimated Florida's most famous fruit crops. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that the funding will be split between long-term...
  • National golfing event in Boca swings food to the poor

    National golfing event in Boca swings food to the poor
    Not long after the last stroke of the Allianz Championship Sunday, Boca Helping Hands swung into action to collect what remained of food from the national event for the area's poorest citizens. Less than 30 minutes after dawn Monday, Bill Harper, food...
  • Christie signs toughest-in-nation pet store bill

    Two months ago New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie chose the Iowa farm lobby over New Jersey voters when he vetoed a bill the majority of New Jersey residents supported banning pig gestation crates. Last week he listened to animal lovers in his state when...
  • Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority to demolish vulture house

    Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority to demolish vulture house
    Consider it the vulture house. Turkey vultures — and similar avian scavengers — have taken residence in an abandoned home along a narrow street of duplexes just blocks outside Bethlehem's historic district. Nesting in the attic, the birds...
  • Lucky bamboo: A fortuitous plant for Chinese New Year

    Lucky bamboo: A fortuitous plant for Chinese New Year
    Lucky bamboo is not bamboo at all — though it bears an uncanny resemblance. Rather it's a plant called Dracaena sanderiana. As for whether it's lucky, that pretty much depends on you. Or does it? Growers and retailers are certainly doing what...
  • Young biotech firm chases the next cash crop

    CREVE COEUR, Mo. A biotech startup here is trying to accomplish something that hasn't been done since the middle of the last century. Researchers are trying to turn what currently amounts to a weed in this case, pennycress into a viable commodity crop for...